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VICTOR HUGO
French author, lyric poet and dramatist
(1802 - 1885)
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Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.
      - [Nature]

No one keeps a secret so well as a child.
      - [Secrecy]

No religion but blasphemes a little.
      - [Religion]

O youth! thou often tearest thy wings against the thorns of voluptuousness.
      - [Youth]

One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.
      - [Blandishment]

Our acts make or mar us,--we the children of our own deeds.
      - [Action]

People do not lack strength; they will.
      - [Will]

Poverty and wealth are comparative sins.
      - [Sin]

Press on! a better fate awaits thee.
      - [Perseverance]

Progress,--the stride of God!
      - [Progress]

Remembrance of the dead soon fades. Alas! in their tombs they decay more slowly than in our hearts.
      - [Remembrance]

Revery, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier.
      - [Reverie]

Revolution is the larva of civilization.
      - [Revolution]

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
      - [Time]

Solitude either develops the mental powers, or renders men dull and vicious.
      - [Solitude]

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak, cause.
      - [Argument]

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.
      - [Present]

The English took the eagle and Austrians the eaglet.
  [Fr., L'Angleterre prit l'aigle, et l'Autriche l'aiglon.]
      - Napoleon adopted the lectern eagle for his imperial standard, his son was the eaglet
        [War]

The enigma of the nineteenth century.
      - [Women]

The first symptom of true love in a young man is timidity, in a girl it is boldness. The two sexes have a tendency to approach, and each assumes the qualities of the other.
      - [Love]

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves--say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
      - [Love]

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.
      - [Heart]

The man who fights against his own country is never a hero.
      - [Traitor]

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which, a times, becomes almost insupportable.
      - [Tenderness]

The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies which invite me.
      - [Immortality]


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